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The Best Burgers in LA

We all know the craving – thick juicy meat sandwiched between a warm, lightly crisped bun, adorned with any one combination of toppings to appeal to your taste buds. When the need for a burger hits, it is best that you listen to your gut and chow down on this adored entree. From classic fast food to sophisticated gastropub, there are thousands of different ways to eat this American staple. Luckily for you, we did the dirty work and curated a list of the top ten burger joints in Los Angeles. Loosen your belt a few notches and indulge – you deserve it.

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Umami Burger

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Established in 2009, sbe's very own Umami Burger is one of the most infamous burger chains in Los Angeles. Trendy yet consistently delicious with eight locations spread throughout the city, Umami has unique signature burgers that stay true to its Japanese namesake with savory flavors. Opt for the Ahi Tuna Burger that's paired with pickled ginger for a taste that's reminiscent of your favorite sushi roll or stick to the classic Umami Burger that is topped with shiitake mushrooms and their housemade ketchup. From the Los Angeles Arts District to Santa Monica, Umami Burger will not disappoint.

The Apple Pan

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Pie and burgers, a small menu that gets straight to the down and dirty point. Their signature Steakburger is a must, having been on the menu since 1927 and accompanied with the restaurants own secret sauce. Opt for double cheese and while you're at it, order a slice of their famous fresh apple pie on the side. Make sure to hit up an ATM on your way to the restaurant - this spot is cash only.
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Pie 'N Burger

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With a flagship location in Pasadena, Pie 'n Burger recently add some wheels to their repertoire, joining the ranks of Los Angeles food trucks. Simplistic in nature - choose between a vegetarian, turkey or beef burger patty topped with a housemade thousand island dressing, pickles and lettuce, yet satisfying. Perfect pick for when you are cravings something fast, simple and delicious.

The Counter

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This spot prides itself on having over 312,120 different burger combinations, inviting you to choose your own adventure. Patty options include vegan, turkey, chicken and classic beef while there are twelve different craft cheeses, twenty four sauces and the option to add up to four different toppings, its impossible to not get a little rambunctious here. For extra zest, add some applewood smoked bacon and apricot sauce. Don't forget to ask about their beer and wine selection - you're going to need something crisp and refreshing to wash down your concoction.

The Bowery

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Originating as one of the first gastropubs in the city, the iconic Bowery Burger consists of a thick, 100% grass fed burger nestled atop a toasted english muffin. A simple yet refined selection of cheese (gruyere, bleu, herbed goat, american and cheddar) plus a variety of toppings ranging from a fried egg to red onion confit makes for a tantalizingly tasty hamburger that's adventurous and consistently delicious.

Stout Burgers and Beers

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Ah, hand crafted micro brews and a variety of burger options - the Los Angeles ideal. This is a great spot for when you're feeling a bit more adventurous - the Goombah burger is garnished with crispy proscuitto and Lemon Basil Aioli, offering an unexpected experience for your tastebuds. The Bollywood is just as experimental, boasting chutney mayonnaise and roasted tomatoes. Be sure to ask your server to help you pick out an appropriate pairing as the extensive beer list can be intimidating. Bonus: they offer locations in Santa Monica, Studio City and Hollywood, guaranteeing easy access regardless of where you're staying in LA.
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Father's Office

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Sweet caramelized onions, thick applewood bacon, distinct gruyere and fresh arugula all mingle atop a thick beef burger to complete our number one choice for best burger in Los Angeles. No extensive menu, no build your own, no classic flavors - this burger is for the adult who wants to feel like a child eating a burger for the first time. Retrain your tastebuds and, of course, add some "frites" on the side to complete your plate.  

Mohawk Bend

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This Echo Park restaurant and bar is a great place to frequent with your pickier eaters. Offering a menu that is primarily vegan and 72 taps of craft beer, Mohawk Bend is perfect to bring a crowd of alternative dieters while still enjoying your favorite meat dishes. Enter the Whitson Burger - ground beef, bacon and short rib all mingle with rich melted cheddar cheese, crisp pickle and refreshing shredded lettuce. Topped with sriracha aioli, this burger is decadent, rich and unforgettable. Bonus: their Vegan Burger boasts a lentil, walnut and brown rice patty complimented with rosemary aioli, pleasing all of the fellow herbivores out there.

In-N-Out Burger

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This may sound like old news for all of you California natives, but a list of Los Angeles burger joints cannot exist without a tip of the hat to this classic American burger chain. Established in 1948 right in Baldwin Park, In-N-Out touts a consistently simple menu - burgers, fries, shakes, no add ons, no frills. Check out their secret menu and dress up your order.
Umami Burger
4655 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 669-3922
The Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
Pie 'N Burger
913 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-1123
The Counter
5779 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-8900
The Bowery
6268 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-3400
Stout Burgers and Beers
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-3801
Father's Office
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 736-2224
Mohawk Bend
2141 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
213-483-2337
In-N-Out Burger
7009 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 786-1000